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Cub Tracks Looks At The Winter Meetings, Part 1

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The Winter Meetings have begun. The Hot Stove is on fire.

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MLB has convened in Nashville. We await developments. While we wait, a few words about this and that.

From Comcast Sportsnet Chicago:

  • Patrick Mooney: Can Cubs land a big-name outfielder at the winter meetings? "I wouldn’t rule anything out or anything in," team president Theo Epstein said.

From CBS Chicago:

  • Bruce Levine: Cubs, Rays talking trade. A more-than-likely match between the two teams centers around pitching that the Cubs would like to acquire and controllable position players that the Rays seek.

From ESPN Chicago:

From Cubs.com:

From the Chicago Tribune:

  • Mark Gonzales: Another move suits Starlin Castro. Castro is spending this offseason in the Tampa area and might purchase a home in the future, according to agent Paul Kinzer. He's in the best shape of his career.
  • Gonzales: Cubs' John Lackey still revered by the Angels. Lackey’s big-game reputation still resonates with his original team.
  • Cubs' Willson Contreras and Jeimer Candelario, White Sox' Adam Engels named to AFL top prospects team. The players were selected by the AFL's managers and coaches.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

  • Gordon Wittenmeyer: Cubs still have questions they hope to answer at winter meetings. Theo Epstein says they’re looking equally through trade and free agent avenues to address needs and help put a 97-win wild-card team in position to win a division title next year.
  • Matthew Schwerha: Remembering John Lackey, Jon Lester, and their chicken and beer. Although Lackey and Lester won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2013, one of the more memorable moments they had as teammates in Boston was when they were found to have a fondness for beer, chicken and video games.

From the Daily Herald:

From Cubs Den:

  • John Arguello: Cubs rumors: Baez, Braves, Dexter Fowler. Things are certainly heating up on the trade front. Many tweets bolster speculation.

From Bleacher Nation:

  • Brett Taylor: Cubs still looking to get an arm from the Braves? The trick there is finding the right trade fit.
  • Taylor: Cubs and Rays discussing trade involving Javier Baez and pitching. Talks are just talks, and talks happen all the time this time of year, but this is probably a good bit more serious than your typical fly-by-night rumor.

From Cubs Insider:

Miscellaneous:

Food for thought:

  • The "omics" of space travel. The human body is incredibly complex. Every part of us—from our bones to our blood cells—is subject to a host of chemical reactions and molecular interactions that, without our conscious effort, keep us alive.

    But what happens to these processes when we leave the planet?

  • A trillion trees to the rescue. "It is interesting to know the number of trees in the world," people have told us, "but why is it useful?"
  • Want better meetings? Serve brain food. Not necessarily fish. Food will have a tremendous impact on a meeting’s productivity and outcome. Tyrosine is what you want.